Code of the District of Columbia

Subchapter I. Buying and Selling of Human Body Parts Prohibited.


§ 7–1501.01. “Human body parts” defined; prohibited acts.

(a) For the purposes of this subchapter, the term “human body parts” means any portion of a living human body, including, but not limited to, organs, tissues, eyes, bones, veins, and arteries, except that the term shall not mean hair and blood.

(b) It is unlawful for any person in the District of Columbia to buy, to offer to buy, to sell, to offer to sell, or to procure through purchase any human body part for any reason, including, but not limited to, medical and specific uses, such as transplantation, implantation, infusion, or injection.


(Mar. 16, 1985, D.C. Law 5-189, § 2, 32 DCR 931; Apr. 15, 2008, D.C. Law 17-145, § 30(c), 55 DCR 2532.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 6-2601.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 17-145, in subsec. (a), substituted “a living human body” for “a human body”.


§ 7–1501.02. Penalties; prosecutions.

(a) Any person violating any provision of this subchapter or any regulation made pursuant to this subchapter shall be fined not more than $5,000, or be imprisoned for not more than 6 months, or both.

(b) Prosecution for violations of this subchapter and regulations made pursuant to this subchapter shall be brought in the name of the District of Columbia upon information by the Corporation Counsel.


(Mar. 16, 1985, D.C. Law 5-189, § 3, 32 DCR 931.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 6-2602.


§ 7–1501.03. Rules.

The Mayor may issue rules to implement the provisions of this subchapter pursuant to subchapter I of Chapter 5 of Title 2.


(Mar. 16, 1985, D.C. Law 5-189, § 4, 32 DCR 931.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 6-2603.

Delegation of Authority

Delegation of authority pursuant to Law 5-189, see Mayor’s Order 86-62, April 22, 1986.